Category Archives: Design News

Smart Growth for the Bay Area-Accessory Dwelling Units


The demand for housing in the metro Bay Area is far outpacing the supply, a phenomenon that is driving inflated real estate prices even higher. There are high-rise apartment buildings popping up all over San Francisco to meet the housing … Continue reading

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Elsie de Wolfe, William Haines, Philip Johnson: Design Icons and Leaders of Social Change


As we celebrate Pride each June, it’s easy to overlook those courageous souls who forged the path for LGBT rights well in advance of the Stonewall Riots in 1968.   Elsie de Wolfe, William Haines and Philip Johnson are three people … Continue reading

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The Legacy of Morgan and Mizner


I have long been fascinated by the work of Julia Morgan and Addison Mizner, two Bay Area architects who made an indelible mark on the architecture of California and Florida in the early twentieth century.   Although there is no record … Continue reading

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2013 Greater Bay Area Design Awards


On Wednesday, October 16, I had the honor of being one of the hosts and presenters at the design and remodeling awards event known as the REMMIES. The REMMIES are awarded each year by the three local chapters of NARI … Continue reading

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San Francisco Decorator Showcase


The San Francisco Decorator Showcase is one of the Bay Area’s premier design show house events, featuring the work of top designers and raising funds for the San Francisco University High School Financial Aid Program.   Over its 35 year history, … Continue reading

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Museum of Craft and Design


Sensory overload is a common occurrence in our media-saturated world.  It is a rare treat to have a “breakthrough” experience that surprises, delights and challenges the senses.   I had such an experience at the opening of the Museum of Craft and … Continue reading

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A New Column for the SF Bay Times by Creative Director Jim Tibbs


HDR Remodeling’s Creative Director Jim Tibbs has a new monthly column for The SF Bay Times. Check out the press release announcing his new venture! http://www.prweb.com/releases/remodeling-contractor/east-bay/prweb10058571.htm

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